Symposium: Oil, Business, and Blubber

If you love history and finance, then you will want to learn more about three remarkable periods on Nantucket. Join us as we explore the risk and reward of a whaling venture, examine how a Nantucketer broke up the first energy cartel in the colony, and how a daring bank heist was the first in the young nation.

Jonas Peter Akins, H.B.S. Research Associate, Choate Rosemary Hall, “Financing Whaling Ventures: A Case Study on Long Lays on Greasy Voyages”

Dr. Jerry Dauterive, Professor of Economics, Roger Williams University,  “The Spermaceti Candle Factory Industry and Its Importance in American Economic History”

Ben Shattuck, author and 2014 NHA Verney Scholar, “Boot Full of Gold: America’s First Bank Robbery”


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